Outlander Book Club: The Fiery Cross Chapter 56 breakdown

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Outlander Book 5, Chapter 56 sets the tone for the next part of the story

The end to the previous chapter made things clear. It’s almost time for the Battle of Alamance in Outlander Book 5.

We start Part Six of the book with a very short chapter. There are no characters really involved. One is a breakdown of events that recently happened, while the other is a letter from Governor Tryon.

The downside of the chapter is we’re told of the events. One of the downsides of the book is that we’re told about most things instead of shown them. However, they set the tone for the next part of the story. Things are about to get dark.

This chapter was partly used in the series. Rather than reading all the letters, we got to see things play out on the screen. This is why I love the use of Hamilton Knox. I know a lot of people don’t like characters created purely for the show, but every now and then, they’re necessary. That was certainly the case for Knox.

I’ll get to why he was so important for this part of the story in the adaptation section.

As for foreshadowing, it makes it clear that something is coming. But didn’t we already know that? It was clear that a storm was coming, especially if you know your American history.

Let’s dive into The Fiery Cross Chapter 56.